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Day 2 in PR. We interviewed some volunteers at @puertoricorises helping the island with basics, ya know, like FOOD and WATER.

Posted by Mike Gallagher on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

It's been almost 5 years now since we made the big move from our home in Alaska to Puerto Rico.

When I first found out I got the job in Puerto Rico I realized I only had a few months to get my family together and move them all to a new place, that I had only been to once 20 years prior. I cant believe my wife agreed to it! One extreame to the other is what everyone keeps telling us.

We have gotten to enjoy all the great tourist destinations on the island, find the hidden gems only locals know about, go deep into caves, and ride horses on the beach. We have endured the tropical storms, and hurricanes, 6 months with no power or water, and so much more. It sure has been an adventure, and if you check out my blog, I'll tell you all about it!

(Left to Right: Berkley, Liam, William [me], Madison, Jenn)

Whats Been Happening

  • Living in Paradise – Life After the Storm

    The Mental Part So the hurricane was eight months ago now, and it still resonates around here like it was yesterday. The power and water continue to go out daily. Many sections of roads are still missing and not passable. We still have telephone poles and wires down all over. Our house is still in major repair as are many others. I guess this is the new reality living in PR? I will admit it wasn’t easy living in paradise before but now it feels impossible. As we continue our daily lives trying to rebuild and help each other it seems we all are having similar fears/issues. We all still seem to have nightmares, nervousness, instant fear, less motivation and many other issues. I even had a crazy dream where a horse walked into our bedroom and backed himself into the closet. He then buried his head in my clothes in fear. Some say we are all experiencing some form PTSD. I’m not convinced but I will say when a thunderstorm rolls in I end up with severe anxiety and a rapid heartbeat. It’s weird, I know. Our last two weeks have been more difficult than we expected. Liam is